Day: April 12, 2018

“Betroffenheit” Corporeal Exchange As Innovative Now As The Work Of Pina Bausch In The 1970’s

Betroffenheit (consternation, a state of shock, dismay) a co-production by Kidd Pivot Company and the Electric Company Theatre. Written by Jonathan Young, Choreographed and Directed by Crystal Pite. Here Betroffenheit indicates very quickly, a state of trauma, set off by a personal crisis that the individual, a lone young man enclosed in a hospital room, has experienced but, cannot get out of his mind. In spite of the presence of a psychiatrist, and of individuals who seem to want to help him, the grief and the personal tragedy have possessed him deeply and we see how he can never...

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What It’s Like To Be A Female Fight Director

“We will not glorify violence” Visit Ruth Cooper-Brown at the weekend and you might find her “getting bloody” in the kitchen. Just how bloody will depend on whether she wants to produce a splat or a spurt. Making and selling different types of theatrical blood is part of the “recipe for violence” the fight director offers through Rc-Annie, the dramatic violence company she runs with Rachel Bown-Williams. The pair choreographs fight and death scenes for stage and screen, and are behind the stranglings and stabbings in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current production of John Webster’s revenge tragedy The Duchess...

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